Garden Elements Tomato & Vegetable Food, 4lb.
Formulated from quality natural and organic ingredients for use throughout the vegetable garden. 40% OFF through September 17th.
Item #: DST965
Here in California, Fall is the best time to plant hardy perennials, shrubs and trees. This is because while the weather is cooling off, the soil is still warm and the roots can establish themselves so the plants can really take off in spring. Also, winter rains are (hopefully) on the way and you won't have to water as often.
Now is the time to plant your basic evergreen shrubs, perennials, drought-resistant plants, bulbs, winter vegetables/annuals and wildflower seeds, re-seed lawns or install new ones. Many of our customers come in asking for wildflowers and Sweet Peas in the spring when they are blooming, but now is the time to plant them! The only plants that you would not want to plant now are frost-tender plants such as Bougainvillea, Lantana, Citrus, and Hibiscus, etc. (these could still be planted west of the Oakland hills or anywhere with very good frost protection).
Fall is also a great time to clean up your garden, start a compost pile, amend your soil or put down mulch. To keep weeds from germinating after the first rains, apply a pre-emergent before the rains begin.
It is also a good time to prune evergreen shrubs, fruit trees, and perennials (which can be cut back to at least 4 inches).
Be sure to continue to water as needed. Since the days are shorter and cooler, you should not have to water as often. Once the rains begin, don't forget to turn off automatic systems, but remember to check on plants under eaves.
Fall is the second most important growth season, so now is a great time to fertilize all basic shrubs and trees. For all your spring bloomers such as Lilacs, Magnolias, Azaleas, etc., apply 0-10-10. You can also fertilize and deadhead your roses one last time for blooms until Christmas.
Now is a good time to start thinking about bare-root season as well. Check out our rose and fruit tree lists on-line. Dig and prepare your holes now while the weather is decent. Remember, your bare-root order will arrive sometime in January when digging is not ideal.
Lastly, don't forget to prepare your tender plants for upcoming frost. Have your frost cloth ready and/or spray an anti-desiccant, move potted plants closer to house walls or under overhead cover.
Bonnie Brusseau, ACCNP and Shawna Anderson, ACCNP
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Before the sixteenth century, celery was used exclusively as a medicinal herb. Now it has become one of the most popular vegetables in the world. Celery is known to have been commonly eaten in salads in Italy for hundreds of years.
Celery requires much water and nitrogen fertilizer.
The crop is ready to cut in 90 - 100 days after transplanting. Harvest by cutting below the ground through the tap root. The edible portion is the fleshy leaf petioles. If long periods of cool temperatures occur during growth, seed stalk development may occur. Over-mature plants show cracking and pithiness in the petioles.
When celery is allowed to grow naturally, the stalks are green. However, by banking up earth against the shoots celery is blanched. The stalks are protected from sunlight and remain pale and white.
This vegetable ranks very high in all the vitamins and minerals it has.
It is a great plant to have in the winter garden because it is quite ornamental as well as edible! It has great textures and colors. It can be used in mass for beds, as accents and in pots.
Plant successively to ensure a steady availability. Pick individual leaves or harvest entire plant.
They like full sun and ample deep water. Fertilize before heads begin to form.
Colorful, fragrant Sweet Peas make magnificent cut flowers for the vase - in large, long-lasting quantities. They are a hardy, winter - spring annual vine to about 10' tall - provide a trellis, string or wire as plants need support as soon as the tendrils form. They are ideal for temporary screen.
Sweet Peas like sun or light shade; rich, moist, well - drained soil high in organic matter and regular deep watering.
Cut flowers at least every other day and remove all seedpods.
Italian Parsley Pesto:
- 1 cup de-stemmed Italian Parsley
- 2 Tbsp Lemon juice
- 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- Heat pine nuts in a dry pan on medium heat until browned, being careful not to burn. Cool on a plate.
- Remove parsley leaves from stems
- Once pine nuts have cooled, combine all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth.